This Gluten-free and Vegan Tres Leches Cake is soaked with evaporated coconut milk and sweetened condensed coconut milk which makes the light sponge cake super moist and gives that milky mouthfeel without any need for dairy!
Tres leches means, “three milks” and originally tres leches cake is a light sponge cake soaked in a sweet milk mixture. Tres leches cake is a popular cake in Mexico and now it’s very popular in my house as well:)
I saw this cake in the TV programs a little while ago and it certainly wasn’t gluten-free dairy-free or vegan but it just looked so delicious that I decided to try to make it without all these three things!
And the result exceeded all my expectations!
This gluten-free sponge has a great texture and flavour because of the addition of almond flour. Using only almond flour can make gluten-free bakes quite dense and heavy. As a solution, I combined it with gluten-free flour blend so the cake can rise better. And to incorporate more air into this sponge I used whipped aquafaba aka vegan egg whites replacement.
Just in case I thought that I can clarify that aquafaba is basically the liquid from a can of chickpeas and it has remarkable ability to mimic egg whites. If you use aquafaba your cake won’t taste like chickpeas I promise!
Normally the cake is soaked in the mixture of three kinds of milk as I found out after my research but to make it vegan and dairy-free I used brilliant Nature’s Charm products and it worked so well.
I highly recommend giving this cake a go as everyone with whom I shared loved it and they didn’t guess that it was gluten-free or vegan:)